My intern Patrick Maxwell and CII president John Abbe have initiated a project I’m quite excited about. In high quality dialogue they plan to engage local people together about their personal concerns in today’s rough economy – and then to expand the conversation to include how we could change our economic system and create innovations that would be more sustainable and satisfying. They’ll include experts in the mix, but the main energy will come from the community itself.
They are starting with a 3-month pilot project to test the concept here in Eugene. They plan to share their learnings and potentially extend the project further in space and time. You can find out more about it in their note below.I’ve been studying and writing about the emerging living economy for about 14 months – you’ll be hearing more about that soon – and I am very excited with what I’m learning and where this initiative could go. I invite you to support this ambitious experiment. Since it is being launched with a crowdfunding approach, even very small donations add tremendously to the momentum. Thanks for any attention and support you give this. In the larger picture, I expect the return on your investment will be very good indeed.
For the next few months – and, if all goes well, for many months to come – board president John Abbe and intern Patrick Maxwell will be convening a series of dialogues here in CII’s hometown of Eugene, Oregon, focused on our economy and its impact on local people’s lives. Community members will explore questions like “How can I meet my needs with less money?” And “How do we create systems that work for us?”
We’re also planning extensive networking, training, and other activities to increase this community’s capacity to use group process and healthy communication creatively and well. Our ultimate goal is not just to help Eugene weather the current economic downturn, but to exemplify how good conversation can uplift a community in hard times and even launch initiatives to transform our economic system.Yesterday, we finalized our planned IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to ask hundreds of people to support this project with whatever they’d like to offer – from words of encouragement to hundreds of dollars. We’re giving you, the friends of the CII, an advance look at our fundraising site before we open our campaign to the general public. We invite you to help build up our fund and show that there’s enthusiasm and energy behind this effort.
We believe that genuine good will come out of this project, as people in and around Eugene – and, as we share our successes more broadly, in other communities – learn to thrive outside of our crumbling economic systems.To donate (and to learn more about the project!) please visit our IndieGoGo page. If you have comments, suggestions, or encouragement, please write to us — we’d love to hear from you! Peace,
Patrick – ptmpeace @ gmail.com
and John – johnca @ ourpla.net